Ball State got a trio of solid offensive performances in beating South Dakota 62-51 on Saturday at Worthen Arena.
The three productive Cardinals included junior forward Chris Bond, who notched his second career double-double.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 4-4 on the season, while the Coyotes dropped to 4-6. The teams will meet again next Saturday at South Dakota as part of a unique home-and home series.
Senior guard Jauwan Scaife led the way for Ball State with 14 points. The Muncie native drained a key trey at the 1:03 mark that gave the Cardinals a 58-51 lead, and he scored the final seven points of the game to seal the win.
Bond finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 4-of-6 from the floor. His only previous double-double came last season against eventual NCAA Sweet 16 team Ohio.
Freshman guard Marcus Posley was the third Cardinal in double figures with 12 points, including nine after the break to help the Cardinals open up what was a tie game until midway through the second half.
One of the biggest offensive catalysts for Ball State was Matt Kamieniecki. Though he scored just two points, the junior post player found openings in the middle of the South Dakota zone and set up teammates to score. Kamieniecki, whose previous career high for assists was three, dished out eight helpers against the Coyotes.
Junior forward Majok Majok led all players in rebounding with 16 and was one point shy of his fourth double-double of the season. Majok now has 33 rebounds over his past two games. As a team, the Cardinals brought down a season-high 48 boards Saturday, out-rebounding South Dakota by 18.
Ball State ended the game shooting 43.1 percent from the field (22-for-51) to South Dakota's 33.9 percent (20-for-59).
South Dakota opened the game with six straight points before Bond scored at the 17:37 mark to kick-start a 12-0 run.
The Coyotes battled back to knot the game at 21-21 with 6:18 to go in the first half on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Steve Tecker, and the teams went to the locker room tied at 26-26.
The game was still tied, 39-39, with 12 minutes to play, but Ball State scored the next six points on two jumpers from Posley and one from Zach Fields to take a lead it would not lose. The Cardinals out-scored South Dakota 23-12 to end the game.
Tecker scored a game-high 15 points for South Dakota, and Trevor Gruis added 14. Juevol Myles entered the game averaging a team-best 14.9 points, but Bond took him out of the game defensively, holding him to three points on 1-of-9 shooting and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.